February 21, 2020

Antiviral Amulets and Charmed Vitamin-C


Antiviral Amulets and Charmed Vitamin-C
Is not clear how one would extract healing properties from old jars. Perhaps as storage vessels for some healthy soup? Telekanal 360

The threat of coronavirus is not funny, but advertisements for tongue-in-cheek “remedies” are catching on among entrepreneurial Russians. 

In Yaroslavl, an online store offered charmed water, bewitched by 82-year-old “Granny Nina,” for just 200 rubles ($3.14), along with free gifts, like red thread to protect from the evil eye, charmed garlic and vitamin C. (Those latter two might actually help.)

Others have tried to sell gas masks, amulets, Chaga mushrooms, and even “healing jars from the USSR.” Laughter might be the best medicine, though: at least two of these sellers have stated that the "cures" are jokes, their way of fighting against coronavirus panic. 

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